UKBAP logoUK BAP priority vascular plant species

 

A list of UK BAP priority vascular plant species, created between 1995 and 1999, and subsequently updated in response to the Species and Habitats Review Report (PDF, 1.3Mb), published in 2007, is provided in the table below.  The table also provides details of the species' occurrences in the four UK countries, and describes whether the species was an 'original' species (on the original list created between 1995 and 1999), or was added following the 2007 review.  All original species were provided with Species Action Plans (SAPs), species statements, or are included within grouped plans or statements, whereas there are no published plans for the species added in 2007.

UK BAP priority species were those that were identified as being the most threatened and requiring conservation action under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP).  However, as a result of devolution, and new country-level and international drivers and requirements, much of the work previously carried out by the UK BAP is now focussed at a country-level rather than a UK-level, and the UK BAP was succeeded by the 'UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework' in July 2012.  The UK list of priority species, however, remains an important reference source and has been used to help draw up statutory lists of priority species in EnglandNorthern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Current scientific names and commonly used synonyms derive from the Nameserver facility of the UK Species Dictionary, which is managed by the Natural History Museum.  More detailed information about the distribution and taxonomy of these species can be found using the NBN Gateway, and details of the original Species Action Plans (SAPs), generated between 1995 and 1999, can be found on the original (archived) UK BAP website, or on the BARS 1 website, which was archived in April 2012 following the launch of BARS 2.

JNCC have collated already-published information from a variety of sources for all of the UK BAP priority species, to bring these data together into a single report, or 'species account'.  All of this information is already available on either the JNCC website, the NBN Gateway, or the BARS 1  website.  Each individual species account can be accessed by selecting the name in the table below, or through the priority species accounts spreadsheet.  For more detail about the information within the species accounts, visit the Priority species accounts page>>.

 

 

UK BAP priority vascular plant species & occurrence (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland)

Scientific names and link
to species account

NBN common
name

Taxon

England

Scotland

Wales

Northern
Ireland

Original UK BAP
species?

Aceras anthropophorum

Man Orchid

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Adonis annua

Pheasant's-eye

vascular plant

Y

U

N

N

 

Ajuga chamaepitys

Ground-pine

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Ajuga pyramidalis

Pyramidal Bugle

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

Y

 

Alchemilla acutiloba

a Lady's-mantle

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

 

Alchemilla micans

 

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

 

Alchemilla minima

Alchemilla

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Alchemilla monticola

 

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Alchemilla subcrenata

 

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Alisma gramineum

Ribbon-leaved Water-plantain

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Apium repens

Creeping Marshwort

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Arabis glabra

Tower Mustard

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Arenaria norvegica subsp. norvegica

Arctic Sandwort

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Armeria maritima subsp. elongata

Tall Thrift

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Arnoseris minima

Lamb's Succory

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Artemisia campestris

Field Wormwood

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

 

Artemisia norvegica

Norwegian Mugwort

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

Yes  SAP

Asparagus prostratus

Wild Asparagus

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

Yes – SAP

Astragalus alpinus

Alpine Milk-vetch

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Astragalus danicus

Purple Milk-vetch

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

 

Atriplex pedunculata

Pedunculate Sea-purslane

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Blysmus compressus

Flat-sedge

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

N

 

Bromus interruptus

Interrupted Brome

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Bupleurum rotundifolium

Thorow-wax

vascular plant

Y

U

N

N

 

Bupleurum tenuissimum

Slender Hare's-ear

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

 

Calamagrostis scotica

Scottish Small-reed

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

Yes – SAP

Calamagrostis stricta

Narrow Small-reed

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

Y

 

Campanula patula

Spreading Bellflower

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

 

Campanula rapunculus

Rampion Bellflower

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

 

Carex depauperata

Starved Wood-sedge

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Carex divisa

Divided Sedge

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

 

Carex ericetorum

Rare Spring-sedge

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Carex maritima

Curved Sedge

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

 

Carex vulpina

True Fox-sedge

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Carum carvi

Caraway

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

 

Centaurea calcitrapa

Red Star-thistle

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Centaurea cyanus

Cornflower

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes  SAP

Centaurium scilloides

Perennial Centaury

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

 

Cephalanthera damasonium

White Helleborine

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Cephalanthera longifolia

Narrow-leaved Helleborine

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

N

 

Cephalanthera rubra

Red Helleborine

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Cerastium arcticum

Arctic Mouse-ear

vascular plant

N

Y

Y

N

 

Cerastium fontanum subsp. scoticum

 

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Cerastium nigrescens

Shetland Mouse-ear

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

Yes  SAP

Chamaemelum nobile

Chamomile

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Chenopodium urbicum

Upright Goosefoot

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

Y

 

Chenopodium vulvaria

Stinking Goosefoot

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

 

Cicendia filiformis

Yellow Centaury

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

 

Cicerbita alpina

Alpine Blue-sow-thistle

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Clinopodium acinos

Basil Thyme

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Clinopodium menthifolium

Wood Calamint

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Cochlearia micacea

Mountain Scurvygrass

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

Yes  SAP

Cochlearia officinalis subsp. scotica

Scottish Scurvygrass

vascular plant

N

Y

N

Y

Yes  statement

Coeloglossum viride

Frog Orchid

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Coincya wrightii

Lundy Cabbage

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes – SAP

Corrigiola litoralis

Strapwort

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

 

Cotoneaster integerrimus

Wild Cotoneaster

vascular plant

N

N

Y

N

Yes  SAP

Crepis foetida

Stinking Hawk's-beard

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Crepis mollis

Northern Hawk's-beard

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

 

Cynoglossum germanicum

Green Hound's-tongue

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Cyperus fuscus

Brown Galingale

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Cypripedium calceolus

Lady's-slipper

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Dactylorhiza incarnata subsp. ochroleuca

 

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Dactylorhiza purpurella subsp. cambrensis

 

vascular plant

N

Y

Y

Y

 

Damasonium alisma

Starfruit

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Dianthus armeria

Deptford Pink

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

Yes  SAP

Dryopteris cristata

Crested Buckler-fern

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

 

Epipactis sancta

Lindisfarne Helleborine

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Erigeron borealis

Alpine Fleabane

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Eryngium campestre

Field Eryngo

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Euphrasia anglica

Glandular Eyebright

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

N

 

Euphrasia cambrica

 

vascular plant

N

N

Y

N

Yes  grouped plan

Euphrasia campbelliae

 

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

Yes  grouped plan

Euphrasia heslop-harrisonii

 

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

Yes  grouped plan

Euphrasia marshallii

Eyebright

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Euphrasia ostenfeldii

Eyebright

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

N

 

Euphrasia pseudokerneri

Chalk Eyebright

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

 

Euphrasia rivularis

 

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

Yes  grouped plan

Euphrasia rostkoviana subsp. montana

 

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

N

 

Euphrasia rotundifolia

 

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

Yes  grouped plan

Euphrasia vigursii

 

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  grouped plan

Fallopia dumetorum

Copse-bindweed

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Filago lutescens

Red-tipped Cudweed

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Filago pyramidata

Broad-leaved Cudweed

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Fumaria purpurea

Purple Ramping-fumitory

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes  SAP

Galeopsis angustifolia

Red Hemp-nettle

vascular plant

Y

U

Y

N

Yes  SAP

Galium pumilum

Slender Bedstraw

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Galium tricornutum

Corn Cleavers

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Gentianella anglica

Early Gentian

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

Yes  SAP

Gentianella campestris

Field Gentian

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Gentianella ciliata

Fringed Gentian

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Gentianella uliginosa

Dune Gentian

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

N

Yes  SAP

Helianthemum oelandicum subsp. levigatum

 

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Herminium monorchis

Musk Orchid

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Hieracium backhousei

 

vascular plant

   

N

   

Hieracium calvum

 

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Hieracium graniticola

 

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Hieracium grovesii

 

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Hieracium insigne

 

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Hieracium kennethii

 

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Hieracium larigense

 

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Hieracium leptodon

 

vascular plant

   

N

   

Hieracium macrocarpum

 

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Hieracium notabile

 

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Hieracium optimum

 

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Hieracium pseudocurvatum

 

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Hieracium pseudopetiolatum

 

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Hieracium sect. Alpestria

 

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

Yes  grouped plan

Hieracium subgracilentipes

 

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Hordeum marinum

Sea Barley

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

 

Iberis amara

Wild Candytuft

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

 

Illecebrum verticillatum

Coral-necklace

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

 

Juncus pygmaeus

Pigmy Rush

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Juniperus communis

Juniper

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes  SAP

Juniperus communis subsp. hemisphaerica

 

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

 

Lactuca saligna

Least Lettuce

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Leersia oryzoides

Cut-grass

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Linnaea borealis

Twinflower

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

Yes  SAP

Liparis loeselii

Fen Orchid

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

Yes  SAP

Lobelia urens

Heath Lobelia

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Lolium temulentum

Darnel

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Luronium natans

Floating Water-plantain

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

N

Yes  SAP

Luzula arcuata

Curved Wood-rush

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Luzula pallidula

Fen Wood-rush

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Lycopodiella inundata

Marsh Clubmoss

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes  SAP

Lythrum hyssopifolia

Grass-poly

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

 

Matthiola sinuata

Sea Stock

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

 

Melampyrum cristatum

Crested Cow-wheat

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Melampyrum sylvaticum

Small Cow-wheat

vascular plant

N

Y

N

Y

Yes  SAP

Melittis melissophyllum

Bastard Balm

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

 

Mentha pulegium

Pennyroyal

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

Y

Yes  SAP

Minuartia hybrida

Fine-leaved Sandwort

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

Y

 

Minuartia rubella

Mountain Sandwort

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Minuartia sedoides

Cyphel

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Moneses uniflora

One-flowered Wintergreen

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Monotropa hypopitys

Yellow Bird's-nest

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Monotropa hypopitys subsp. hypophegea

Bird's-nest

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Monotropa hypopitys subsp. hypopitys

Yellow Bird's-nest

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Muscari neglectum

Grape-hyacinth

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

 

Najas flexilis

Slender Naiad

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

Yes  SAP

Najas marina

Holly-leaved Naiad

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Oenanthe fistulosa

Tubular Water-dropwort

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Ophrys insectifera

Fly Orchid

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

Y

 

Orchis simia

Monkey Orchid

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Orchis ustulata

Burnt Orchid

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

 

Orobanche picridis

Oxtongue Broomrape

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Otanthus maritimus

Cottonweed

vascular plant

N

N

N

N

 

Phyteuma spicatum

Spiked Rampion

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Pilosella flagellaris subsp. bicapitata

Shetland Mouse-ear-hawkweed

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Pilularia globulifera

Pillwort

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

Yes  SAP

Platanthera bifolia

Lesser Butterfly-orchid

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Poa flexuosa

Wavy Meadow-grass

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Poa glauca

Glaucous Meadow-grass

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

N

 

Polygonatum verticillatum

Whorled Solomon's-seal

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

 

Polystichum lonchitis

Holly-fern

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Potamogeton acutifolius

Sharp-leaved Pondweed

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Potamogeton compressus

Grass-wrack Pondweed

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

N

Yes  SAP

Potamogeton rutilus

Shetland Pondweed

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

Yes  SAP

Potentilla rupestris

Rock Cinquefoil

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

N

 

Pseudorchis albida

Small-white Orchid

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Puccinellia fasciculata

Borrer's Saltmarsh-grass

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Pulicaria vulgaris

Small Fleabane

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

 

Pulmonaria obscura

Suffolk Lungwort

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Pulsatilla vulgaris

Pasqueflower

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Pyrus cordata

Plymouth Pear

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Ranunculus arvensis

Corn Buttercup

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

N

 

Ranunculus tripartitus

Three-lobed Crowfoot

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

Yes  SAP

Rumex aquaticus

Scottish Dock

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Rumex rupestris

Shore Dock

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

Yes  SAP

Sagina nivalis

Snow Pearlwort

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Salix lanata

Woolly Willow

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

Yes  SAP

Salix lapponum

Downy Willow

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

N

 

Salix myrsinites

Whortle-leaved Willow

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Salsola kali subsp. kali

Prickly Saltwort

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Saxifraga cernua

Drooping Saxifrage

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Saxifraga cespitosa

Tufted Saxifrage

vascular plant

N

Y

Y

N

 

Saxifraga hirculus

Yellow Marsh Saxifrage

vascular plant

Y

Y

N

Y

Yes  SAP

Scandix pecten-veneris

Shepherd's-needle

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

Yes  SAP

Schoenoplectus triqueter

Triangular Club-rush

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Scirpoides holoschoenus

Round-headed Club-rush

vascular plant

Y

N

N

Y

 

Scleranthus annuus

Annual Knawel

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Scleranthus annuus subsp. annuus

 

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Scleranthus perennis subsp. prostratus

Prostrate Perennial Knawel

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Senecio paludosus

Fen Ragwort

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Silene gallica

Small-flowered Catchfly

vascular plant

Y

U

Y

U

Yes  SAP

Silene otites

Spanish Catchfly

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Sium latifolium

Greater Water-parsnip

vascular plant

Y

N

N

Y

Yes  SAP

Sorbus arranensis

Arran Whitebeam

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Sorbus bristoliensis

Bristol Whitebeam

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Sorbus eminens

Round-leaved Whitebeam

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

 

Sorbus leptophylla

Thin-leaved Whitebeam

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

 

Sorbus leyana

Ley's Whitebeam

vascular plant

N

N

Y

 

N

Yes  SAP

Sorbus minima

Least Whitebeam

vascular plant

N

N

Y

N

 

Sorbus pseudofennica

Arran Service-tree

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Sorbus subcuneata

Somerset Whitebeam

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Sorbus vexans

Bloody Whitebeam

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Sorbus wilmottiana

Wilmott's Whitebeam

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Spartina maritima

Small Cord-grass

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Spiranthes romanzoffiana

Irish Lady's-tresses

vascular plant

X

Y

N

Y

Yes  SAP

Stellaria palustris

Marsh Stitchwort

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

Y

 

Taraxacum clovense

 

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Taraxacum geirhildae

 

vascular plant

N

Y

N

N

 

Tephroseris integrifolia subsp. integrifolia

Field Fleawort

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Teucrium scordium

Water Germander

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Thlaspi perfoliatum

Cotswold Pennycress

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Torilis arvensis

Spreading Hedge-parsley

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

Yes  SAP

Valerianella rimosa

Broad-fruited Cornsalad

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

Yes  SAP

Veronica triphyllos

Fingered Speedwell

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Veronica verna

Spring Speedwell

vascular plant

Y

N

N

N

 

Viola lactea

Pale Dog-violet

vascular plant

Y

N

Y

N

 

Viola persicifolia

Fen Violet

vascular plant

Y

N

N

Y

 

Woodsia ilvensis

Oblong Woodsia

vascular plant

Y

Y

Y

N

Yes  SAP

Y = Present in the country based on best assessment

N = Absent in the country based on best assessment

U = Unknown

X = Evidence for distribution in conflict